A day in the life of...

By: Zachary Labe , 3:53 AM GMT on October 01, 2011

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Good afternoon!!! This is just a fun blog that I thought would cause a few laughs during this boring weather pattern dominated by widespread North America ridging with +1-2SD 1000-500mb heights. Even up to the Hudson Bay in Canada there are areas with no snow cover, which is very unusual this time of year. But as mentioned in the last blog, a pattern change is coming, so until then here is an off-topic blog. Keep in mind no hard feelings about the blog, all for fun. Everyone here is part of a wonderful community and I appreciate each and every comment. I think all of us can take a joke about ourself. By the way this idea was from a post on easternwx forums I saw one day while browsing. Anyways so here it is.... "The day in the life of Blizzard92's blog; the day before a big winterstorm during December." I am only posting this blog for a day or so, as everyone knows I like to keep things on topic. I will probably repost my November research blog on Wednesday until I make a new blog towards the weekend.

5:30am- Blizzard92 checks the computer models including 0z GFS and 0z ECWMF and shorter range models reporting: "I am not feeling good about this storm."

6:00am- 6z GFS reports in with a return to the winter storm, Blizzard92 morning confidence is restored.

6:15am- Sullivanweather, who never sleeps, reports in with some scientific explanation of the synoptic setup

6:30am- Mason803 reports in with a much colder low than the rest of us in the Lower Susquehanna Valley

9:00am- Sports center begins from 9-10am between palmyrapunshiment and TheRasberryPatch

10:00am- 12z NAM out and 12z GFS loading; snowlover2010 reports how much QPF is printed out for Lancaster, 1inch

10:02am- Blizzard92 reports that Lancaster may see some mixing and Harrisburg has a much better chance at all snow especially north of the turnpike

10:05am- HeavySnow suffers snowless depression with all mixing and rain towards Washington DC.

10:30am- Shipweather reports in with a new winter storm warning issued for all of the northern and central parts of Mt. Holly CWA

10:45am- Palmyrapunishment and Blizzard92 complain how State College never issues warnings adequately.

10:46am- State College issues Winter weather advisory for all of their CWA

10:48am- Complaints on State College NWS begin and recollections of them upgrading to warnings during all major storms, Blizzard92 recalls major ice of December 2007

11:00am- Stan999 reports in with 5inches of snow with blizzard conditions while the rest of us suffer with virga

11:30am- Virga continues; weathergeek5 reports how "the other site" has canceled winter

11:32am- Palmyrapunishment recollects how he was nearly banned from Crapuweather a few times

11:45am- Upweatherdog reports some random future snowstorm that may affect upper Michigan

12:00pm- TheDawnAwakening recalls the blizzard of 2005 on Cape Cod and asks Blizzard92 for potential on ocean effect snow

1:00pm- Blizzard92 is first to report seeing snow fall with already a coating

1:01pm- TheRasberryPatch reports dry conditions

1:30pm- Sports center round two begins between Palmyrapunishment and TheRasberryPatch with TheDawnAwakening talking about the celtics

1:45pm- Blizzards post "New blog posted in 1hr"

2:00pm- ECMWF is out and Blizzard92 reports it does not look good

2:10pm- Palmyrapunshiment starts his snowforpalymra donation blog

2:11pm- Blizzard92 reports "Lower Susquehanna; land where storms die"

2:12pm- SilverShipsofAndilar cancels winter

2:13pm- TheRasberryPatch posts how after years of observation it seems the jet stream troughs always shift east after December

3:00pm- Blog still not posted

3:10pm- Snowlover2010 asks how much snow for Lancaster

3:11pm- Stan999 reports 11inches of snow, only flurries now in the Lower Susquehanna Valley

3:12pm- Sullivanweather reports perfect temperatures in his region with 2inches of snow

3:13pm- Blizzard92 announces his forecast may bust, but chooses words carefully to cover himself

4:00pm- Snowlover2010 asks why the NWS zone forecast went from 4-8inches to 2-4inches; Blizzard92 replies it must be an error

4:01pm- NWS fixes error forecast, back up to 4-8inches

4:30pm- hurigo greets everyone and gets off in a tangent conversation with TheRasberryPatch about charcoal grills and Baltimore seafood being the best

6:00pm- Snow falling over much of Northern Middle Atlantic except in Washington DC with HeavySnow in continuous snowless depression

6:05pm- Palmyrapunishment reports worst commute conditions ever with I-81 at a crawl with PennDot in hiding; "Penndot hate blog" begins for next hour

700pm- TheDawnawakening reports ocean effect snow looks to be a good bet on Cape Cod tomorrow meanwhile everyone is focused on the current snow

7:30pm- Snowlover2010 asks Blizzard92 if school will be canceled

7:45pm- Blizzard92 remarks how the forecast looks great after all

7:46pm- TheRasberryPatch finds an error in Blizzard92's forecast snow map and reports it

8:00pm- Blizzard92 reports heaviest snow he has ever seen with already 5inches, everyone else in lower susquehanna valley has 2.5inches

8:30pm- Onoweather announces State College has now issued winter storm warning

9:00pm- Lull in storm begins and SilverShipsofAndilar cancels winter again asking for a big snowstorm one of these days

9:01pm- Blizzard92 forecasts major ice storm for second round

10:00pm- A drizzle freezing rain occurs and no major ice storm

10:20pm- Sullivanweather reports some scientific synopsis hardly anyone understands about why the second round busts

10:21pm- OriginalLT reports in a current Connecticut observation

10:30pm- weathergeek5 reports "the other site" believes the moisture is riding up the coast for a surprise snow event

10:32pm- Snowlover2010 asks how much for Lancaster

10:33pm- Blizzard92 reports they are a bunch of idiots and it is not going to happen

10:45pm- Pittsburghnurse reports terrible road conditions in Pittsburgh

11:00pm- Penndot jokes begin agian

2:00am- Sullivanweather, who never sleeps, reports on a long range 0z ECMWF storm

6:00am- Blizzard92 checks morning models and replies that things look cold in the long range

6:30am- Everyone reports snow totals with Blizzard92 being unusually high with his total

6:31am- Lawtonlooker replies he only received 4inches while Blizzard92 only 10mi north reports 6.5inches

8:00am- Blizzard92 thanks everyone for posting and says what a great community WU is

9:00am- New blog posted with wxgeek723 being first to comment saying what an amazingly long blog it is

9:10am- A new person stops to say hello and says what a great blog this is

9:11am- Blizzard92 continues to say thanks for stopping by and feel free to stop in anytime; scares the person away

9:15am- Upweatherdog reports a possible long range snowstorm for the Great Lakes and his winter forecast looks great

9:16am- Blizzard92 reports he does not like to look at the long range

9:17am- TheRasberryPatch reports on bitter cold out in Southbend, Indiana near relatives

9:18am- Blizzard92 reports on a 384hr possible snowstorm

9:30am- Palmyrapunishment says we are do for a big one



The cycle begins again....

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17. goofyrider
6:54 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Afternoon about 0.87 in here yesterday after 10 am.

Great blog post, wonder if Heavy sees snow tonight. :=)

You need a summer version with ref's to the garden gang and the photo work.
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16. Zachary Labe
6:40 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Quoting wunderstorm87:
lol this blog is just too funny, thanks for reposting it Blizz. It really makes me wish I could've been here earlier.

Hopefully we see a lot of this again this year.

I believe this blog was from three winters ago during those horrible La Nina winters such as 2007-2008. This was when we were desperate for a good snowstorm after so many mixing storms and you can note that in the text above, lol.
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15. originalLT
6:29 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Hey, TheF1Man, how do you think your Thurs. test(s) went?
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14. wunderstorm87
6:20 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
lol this blog is just too funny, thanks for reposting it Blizz. It really makes me wish I could've been here earlier.

Hopefully we see a lot of this again this year.
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13. Zachary Labe
4:49 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Quoting shoreacres:
This is just great - and the absolute funniest entry, to me, is hurigo breezing through to discuss charcoal grills and Baltimore seafood. Anyone who knows huri knows that's the way she operates, and we love her for it. It's sort of like having a "visitation" from another sphere when she shows up. You can't predict it, you don't know which direction it will take and you have no idea how long it will last.

Hmmmmmm.... sort of like the weather!

(Hi, huri!)

Just a note for those who have missed it. Steve Gregory's posted a note that he'll be back for the 2012 tropical season. He was here in 2005 and was a great poster. I think he's been running his own weather consulting business - may still be, for that matter.

ADD: Yep. Here's his LinkedIn profile.

Thanks, lol! I have not seen her on the blogs in a while. By the way do you have a link to Steve Gregory's blog on wunderground, I don't think I was around when he posted...
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12. shoreacres
4:19 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
This is just great - and the absolute funniest entry, to me, is hurigo breezing through to discuss charcoal grills and Baltimore seafood. Anyone who knows huri knows that's the way she operates, and we love her for it. It's sort of like having a "visitation" from another sphere when she shows up. You can't predict it, you don't know which direction it will take and you have no idea how long it will last.

Hmmmmmm.... sort of like the weather!

(Hi, huri!)

Just a note for those who have missed it. Steve Gregory's posted a note that he'll be back for the 2012 tropical season. He was here in 2005 and was a great poster. I think he's been running his own weather consulting business - may still be, for that matter.

ADD: Yep. Here's his LinkedIn profile.
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11. Zachary Labe
4:11 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Quoting TheF1Man:
Blizz, I really laughed at some of the lines, especially the "Sportscenter between PP and TRP" lines! Pretty much how the show runs around here lol.

I planning on reading up on the atmosphere and weather patterns this fall so I can understand what you guys are talking about. I favorited a few websites from last year that are posted on here so hopefully i'll learn a few things.





hahaha... Except now I'll be in and out all day long up here at college to disrupt sport's center, hehe. No more leave at 7am and not get on till 3pm anymore for me! I am really hoping my winter forecast is much simpler to understand this year. I am going to try to explain it a bit more.
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10. Zachary Labe
4:10 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Looks like some of the Laurel Highland ridges above 2500ft may see C-2in of snow later today and tonight. I will try to track down the tower cams to see if I can find any.
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9. TheF1Man
4:09 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Blizz, I really laughed at some of the lines, especially the "Sportscenter between PP and TRP" lines! Pretty much how the show runs around here lol.

I planning on reading up on the atmosphere and weather patterns this fall so I can understand what you guys are talking about. I favorited a few websites from last year that are posted on here so hopefully i'll learn a few things.




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8. Zachary Labe
3:54 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Quoting originalLT:
Hi Blizz, that meeting you attended sounded like it might have been very interesting. I was a Geography major at the Univ. of Cincinnati where I attained a BA, and followed that with an MA in Geography at SUNY Binghamton, not too far from you!. (38 miles, "as the crow flies").

Oooops, haha. I knew it was either geology or geography...
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7. originalLT
3:25 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Hi Blizz, that meeting you attended sounded like it might have been very interesting. I was a Geography major at the Univ. of Cincinnati where I attained a BA, and followed that with an MA in Geography at SUNY Binghamton, not too far from you!. (38 miles, "as the crow flies").
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6. Zachary Labe
2:49 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
originalLT- You are very right, this blog was posted a year or two ago. I thought I would repost it again for some laughs. By the way I wanted to let you know the other evening the atmospheric science and science of earth systems majors met with several professional geologist major in the field offering their view from the career. There were several postdocs from MIT, Harvard, Princeton and others working in groundwater, the oil industry (Exxon Mobile, Shell). Didn't you say before you majored in geology? Maybe I am completely confused, lol.

Dabbio- Welcome to the blog! You have a general idea on how all of the systems interact with each other. I think you will find my winter forecast blog very interesting as it will try to take a look at global interactions of weather patterns and why they produce solutions that they do. Check it out tomorrow!

pittsburghnurse- Thanks! Any fall colors out that way yet?

TheRaspberryPatch- And I am sure it will go again that way this winter, lol.
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5. TheRasberryPatch
12:06 PM GMT on October 01, 2011
Too funny Blizz. Pretty much how it goes. hahahahaha

pittsburghnurse - you have some nasty hilly roads out there. it wouldn't surprised me that the road conditions are bad. I believe I heard that there is one road that is the steepest in the country?

Dabbio - wow...I hope someone gets back to you...I'd like to know that answer as well.
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4. pittsburghnurse
11:36 AM GMT on October 01, 2011
Like it. The road conditions are always terrible in Pittsburgh, snow or no snow. HA HA.
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3. Dabbio
11:17 AM GMT on October 01, 2011
Very amusing sequence.

Since this is off-topic thread, and hopefully it means that Blizz has a short break from his studies/research, perhaps he or someone could enlighten this oldster about how to look at weather. As a youngster, I learned to think about weather as interactions among moving high pressure systems, but today it seems everything is couched in terms of lows as being the driving forces, with the jetstream playing a major role. To me, the energy seemed to originate in the highs, and the lows seemed to be a resultant of interactions between highs.

For example, the northeastern US weather pattern, I learned "back in the old days," was dominated by the collision of the Bermuda high with a continental or Canadian high. The low "trench," then, determined the rainfall patterns, but that was driven, I had "learned," by the movement of the corresponding highs.

Further, it has seemed to me that the shifting NE weather pattern of recent years, has been caused by a trend toward dominance by the continental high.

I am perfectly willing to be told that I don't have the foggiest (perdon the pun) notion of what I am talking about. But that fog is what I am hoping you can dispell, with perhaps just a reference to the right book or website, to make it easier. Thanks a lot!
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2. originalLT
4:22 AM GMT on October 01, 2011
Very cute Blizz. I think I remember you posting something like this before. Thanks for including me in your parode! By the way , We have 59F , Baro. at 29.64" , NNW wind at 4mph. with moderate rain falling! LT Stamford CT.
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1. Zachary Labe
4:22 AM GMT on October 01, 2011
*Thought I would post this blog for a day or two from a while ago for some laughs since my winter forecast will be debuting this weekend!
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